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Judy Klassen speaks about the importance of Indigenous Peoples Day

Thursday June 21, Judy Klassen spoke about the National Indigenous People's Day

Ms. Klassen: I'm very happy to rise today to speak to National Indigenous Peoples Day.
      This morning Cindy Blackstock called on all Canadian politicians to take mandatory training on indigenous peoples, residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and contemporary injustices that face our First Nation people.
      I am proud to stand beside her in this call and I'd like to add that everyone should also learn about our treaties.
      I would ask that all members of this House to use this day to take a good look at what is happening to indigenous people in our province, reflect on their own privilege and to be thankful for it and imagine what it would be like not to have it, and perhaps that'll be the catalyst that is needed in this province for real change.
      We should all be working in this House to bridge that gap, to ensure that all Manitobans have the same access to the same opportunities to live, be healthy and be happy.
      Today we celebrate not only the amazing indigenous cultures that make up our Turtle Island but the incredible strength and perseverance of a people that have faced horrors that most cannot imagine and who still face those very barriers today that many cannot see.
      Miigwech, Madam Speaker.


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